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KD2260 Corrosion and Surface Protection, General Course 6.0 credits

The overall goal is to provide basic and advanced knowledge of the theory of metals korrion and surface protection in different environments.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2260 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The main objective of the course is to give fundamental and deep knowledge in the theory for degradation and corrosion of materials in various environments and to present existing protection strategies for prevention of corrosion in different contexts. The course concerns fundamental theory of the thermodynamics and kinetics of the corrosion process of metals and alloys as well as polymer materials both in atmosphere and water solutions. Focus is put on electrochemical aspects and the influences of the properties of the metals and the their oxides on the corrosion behaviour, which is exemplified by different corrosion types. Existing corrosion protection strategies, including surface treatments and coatings are described and choice of material is discussed from a corrosion point of view.

In addition to lectures and exercises, the course includes invited lectures from Swedish industry related to corrosion protection and a group project in which a specific corrosion relevant case is analysed and discussed both in an oral and a written report.

Intended learning outcomes

After taken the course the student should be able to:

1. Describe different corrosion types on metals and alloys in air, water solutions and at high temperature (>100°C) 

2. From knowledge of the surrounding environment and the properties of metallic materials be able to explain why corrosion appears.

3. Account for the mechanisms of corrosion and degradation of polymer materials and the influence of various environmental parameters on these processes.

4. With help from standard potentials and Nernst equation construct and use potential pH diagrams (Pourbaix) to predict the corrosion state as a function of redox potential and pH.

5. Explain the relation between passivity and the properties of the surface film and describe how the supply of oxygen and salts affect the passivity.

6. Explain electrochemical polarisation by means of activation, concentration and resistance and how this affects the corrosion currents and corrosion potential for metals and alloys.

7. Make simple calculations and estimations on corrosion rates in solution using Nernst’s and Tafel’s equations and potential log i diagrams.

8. Recall industry relevant surface treatments methods and corrosion protection and from knowledge about material and environment suggest suitable corrosion prevention strategies and design from a corrosion perspective.

9. Search available information from producers, standard and scientific references to describe a corrosion problem and after own reflection and analysis suggest solutions an report this in a written and oral form to a potential principal.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

KD1160 Materials Chemistry
MH1010 Thermodynamics of Materials MH1014 Fundamentals of Materials
or equivalent.


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Course book is D. E. J. Talbot och J. D. R. Talbot, "Corrosion Science and Technology, 2nd Ed" (ISBN-10 0-8493-9248-9), CRC Press, 2007.

Additional literature, lectrure notes and calculation problems is handid out in the course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Case Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Home Assignments, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

ÖVN1 - Home assignments completed when >75% passed
PRO1 - a written and oral presentation and at least 75% attendence at the industry lectures

Other requirements for final grade

Case Project (PRO1; 2 credits)
Examination (TEN2; 3,5 credits)
Home Assignments (ÖVN1; 0,5 credits) 

Final grade assigned based on:
PRO1 - A-F: 20% of final grade
TEN2 - A-F: 80% of final grade

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KD2260

Offered by


Main field of study

Materials Science

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Inger Odnevall Wallinder,, tel. 08-790 66 21

Supplementary information

From the autumn term 2011 the course  KD2260 will not be given. The course will be replaced by KD2380 which is the same course but extended with 1,5 credits.